By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Wednesday August 20, 2008
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Cardinals pitcher Kyle Lohse was suspended five
games Wednesday for throwing a fastball past the head of Cincinnati
pitcher Edinson Volquez last weekend.

Lohse appealed the penalty, and can continue to play until a
hearing is held. Asked about the suspension, he called the ruling
"pretty weak." St. Louis manager Tony La Russa said he had not been expecting a suspension.

"The other guy threw two balls at guys' heads," La Russa said.
"I don't know, I'm just shocked." Major League Baseball disciplinarian Bob Watson also fined Lohse an undisclosed amount. St. Louis is second in the NL wild card race. The Cardinals played Pittsburgh at home on Wednesday night. Trouble between Lohse and Volquez started in the fifth inning of the Reds' 7-3 win Sunday at Cincinnati.

Lohse batted in the top half with two runners on base, and
Volquez threw up-and-in to the Cardinals pitcher. Volquez led the
bottom half and Lohse's first pitch was high-and-tight, leading
plate umpire Greg Gibson to warn both teams. "Same spot," Lohse said after the game. "Wasn't trying to hit
him, though."

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